Species profile: Athripsodes aterrimus

August 15, 2016

Athripsodes aterrimus (Stephens, 1836)

Athripsodes aterrimus is one of 24 members of the Family Leptoceridae found in Ireland, and one of five members of the genus Athripsodes. It is a species whose larvae can be found in ponds, lakes and slow rivers, on a substratum of sand, mud and plants. Athripsodes aterrimus has a curved case made of sand. This species has no pH preference.

In temperate areas, Athripsodes aterrimus has a univoltine (one generation per year) reproductive cycle, and lives for up to one year. In terms of feeding, this species mainly a shredder, with some gathering and predation.

Defining features of the larvae of Athripsodes aterrimus include a mesonotum with dark, curved posterior-lateral projections, mandibles no more than twice as long as wide, a triangular ventral apotome, and many dagger-shaped setae on the anterior face of the 3rd leg trochanter and femur.

Adults of Athripsodes aterrimus can be found on the wing from June to September (November).

For details of records of Athripsodes aterrimus, visit the National Biodiversity Data Centre page here.

Athripsodes aterrimus


Barnard, P. and Ross, E. (2012) The Adult Trichoptera (Caddisflies) of Britain and Ireland. RES Handbook Volume 1, Part 17.

Graf, W., Murphy, J., Dahl, J., Zamora-Muñoz, C. and López-Rodríguez, M.J. (2008) Distribution and Ecological Preferences of European Freshwater Species. Volume 1: Trichoptera. Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber & Daniel Hering (eds). Pensoft, Sofia-Moscow.

O’Connor, J.P. (2015) A Catalogue and Atlas of the Caddisflies (Trichoptera) of Ireland. Occasional Publication of the Irish Biogeographical Society, No. 11.

Wallace, I.D., Wallace, B. and Philipson, G.N. (2003) Keys to the Case-bearing Caddis Larvae of Britain and Ireland. Scientific Publication of the Freshwater Biological Association No. 61.

Last updated: 09/04/2018


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